The outspoken model and designer, Ashley Graham, has spoken out about the importance of loving your body – whatever your size.
Despite maintaining a brand with a positive body image, Graham expressed experiencing criticism, even from former partners.
“Nothing’s actually surprised me. I’ve lived exactly what they’re living. I’ve lived the torment of the names. I’ve lived the torment of boyfriends breaking up with me because they were afraid I was going to be too fat later in life,” the model told press at the Urban Arts Partnership 25th anniversary benefit.
The Sports Illustrated and Vogue cover star revealed how she is using her position in the industry to give women of all shapes and sizes an ego boost.
“Having more role models, more women who are like ‘Yeah, I have cellulite. Yeah, it’s even on my arms, not just my legs.
My butt is a really bizarre shape but you know what, whatever, I’m just going to go rock it,'” she said. She went onto describe how to change the perceptions of young girls suffering from mental health issues surrounding their weight.
“I think if we had more role models like that that, that were really just speaking their truth about their body and the skin that they’re in then maybe things would be different”.
The 29-year old model recently spoke to Vogue about her past battle with body issues:
‘The moment I stopped comparing myself to other women is the moment I became really successful and happy with myself…flaws and all!’.